Remember Rusty, the skeletal cat who we finally rescued near the rubbish dump?
This incredibly affectionate boy has been with us for 18 days now and has had two vet visits. We can confirm that he is a neutered male - sadly, without a micro-chip.
It took gentle abdominal massage and three days of very wet, very small meals before his bowels began to work. Either they were completely and utterly empty or they had closed down in readiness for his death.
Considering his height and length, Rusty is severely underweight at just 2.5kg. He has needed two lots of subcutaneous fluids to help with dehydration, a B12 injection, a strong worm tablet, treatment for a sebaceous cyst and plenty of prescription food to help with suspected kidney disease. His gentle responses during vet procedures are beautiful to observe.
We've given him a soft warm sponge bath, cleaned his dirt encrusted eyes and ears; and given him as much love as we can - considering he is looking for cuddles 24/7. He especially loves to have his front paws held while he snuggles in.
When he is stronger, Rusty will have bloods and x-rays taken and have a dental treatment. Meanwhile our role is to give him the loving home-care he has so sorely needed. We hope we are not too late.
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Sesame and Pumpkin need a predator-free haven
Thursday, 22 June 2017 00:00
Tiny orphan chicks from different suburbs were handed in to a bird rescue centre, two weeks apart. Concerned that they might turn out to be roosters, the centre took first one, then the other to a vet clinic - to be put down.
Fortunately the vet staff settled the first chick in an incubator and cared for it until it was eating and drinking well. When the second chick arrived, it was introduced to the first and they are now robust friends.
The veterinarian tried to find a safe haven for them before contacting us for help and we are now fostering them at our home-based shelter on the North Shore of Auckland.
These friendly, cheeping bundles of cuteness are about 8-weeks-old and need a predator proof home... where it won't matter whether they are hens or roosters.
If your property is zoned rural and you would love to adopt these two as cherished pets for life, please apply to
Please sign this petition
Wednesday, 21 June 2017 00:00
Eating any animal is a grave injustice - including eating dogs.
Please sign this petition and change to a plant based diet so that innocent animals - of so many species - don't suffer and die for human taste-bud entertainment.
Last week we were advised of a friendly, skeletal, ginger cat hanging around a landfill tip. The photos of him were pitiful and caused us sleepless nights - especially during the recent frosty weather.
We named this sad little waif Rusty and spent Queen's Birthday weekend scouring the dump and surrounding area for him - without success. The landfill workers told us that countless cats were abandoned there by uncaring people and that many are run over by the huge trucks.
Late yesterday afternoon we received a phone call from one of the locals we had left our number with... and the cat he described sounded like our boy. We raced there with hopeful hearts and were well rewarded for our efforts.
Once home, we gave sweet Rusty three small meals an hour apart, treated him for fleas and worms and, after giving us endless smooches and conversation, he snuggled into his cosy bed for the night... with a heat-pump ensuring his added warmth.
If no-one is missing this boy from Dairy Flat in Auckland, Rusty will be looking for a home when he has gained weight and had a comprehensive health check.
Please contact us to register your interest... and please make a donation towards Rusty's care if you are able. His full vet check alone will be $189.00. Dentistry, thyroid tests, medications, micro-chip insertion & registration, etc are all at additional cost.
Note: Many thanks to Gaby Bailey for raising the alarm about Rusty and to Laura Rust for offering to help with the search. (We named Rusty after Laura).
Bertie needs a "special needs" home
Tuesday, 30 May 2017 00:00
Bertie the smiley Shih Tzu is a gorgeous 6-year-old who requires a "special needs" home where he will seldom be alone.
Due to a change in family circumstances, he is currently on his own for 10 hours a day, five days a week and most of the weekend. It’s a heart-breaking situation because Bertie loves being around people and has a non-aggressive, affectionate nature towards humans and other dogs. He enjoys walks on the beach and deserves undivided attention and care.
Bertie is at his happiest when he’s with his loved ones and is a playful, loving and caring little soul, who would suit an individual, couple or family with gentle older children.
This 9kg, neutered and micro-chipped ball of fluff will make you the centre of his world once a strong bond has been formed.
Due to Bertie's nervous tendencies, he will occasionally release fluid from his anal glands when strangers enter the home. To ease this anxiety, he currently takes a homeopathic remedy. He also suffers from back pain from time to time and has a daily Rimadyl to keep him comfortable. If you are able to cope with these special needs and would like to give him a beautiful life, please send your application to
Milly and Teddy seek a fantastic home… together please
Sunday, 21 May 2017 00:00
As the photos explain, sibling kittens Millie and Teddy must be adopted together.
They and 13 other cats and kittens were in a terrible state living in the dirt under a boarding house - weak and anaemic from flea infestations, starving, and another kitten had a broken leg from a dog attack.
Millie and Teddy are now about 16-weeks-old, vaccinated, micro-chipped, neutered and in perfect health.
They are gorgeous kittens, fully socialised, lovingly bonded, and very playful.
If you live in a traffic safe area and would like to offer a wonderful home to Millie and Teddy, please send your application to
Let’s get Vernie home before Winter
Wednesday, 17 May 2017 00:00
Between us, we have the ability to create a happy ending before winter. :) As the bitter weather approaches our hearts ache to GET VERNIE HOME!
We quickly need your help to get this beautiful Mastiff cross out of the kennels and into the loving home that awaits him. He came under our umbrella as a puppy who had been hit by a car. That was in September 2015. He is now two years old and has spent his entire life at boarding kennels. Although the staff and our dog walking volunteers do our best to give him cuddles, training and stimulation, he is so deserving of a domestic life in a loving family home.
Due to his intimidating size and brindle colouring, potential adoptees have passed by this loving dog. Sadly, there was no shortage of applications to keep him in barren commercial yards as a lonely night-time watchdog, or to bolster a macho image. Then finally it happened… a gentle couple spotted him at one of our PETstock Adoption Days and it was love at first sight for all three of them.
The couple flew through our interview processes and ticked all the boxes – except one. Their fences and gates are not suitable for a big boy like Vernie and they can’t immediately afford the construction costs to meet our standards. They’ve taken out a bank loan and have started working on one fence-line. We are determined to raise the $7,500 needed to secure the rest of the property before winter.
That’s where you come in. Please donate to get Vernie out of his concrete kennel before the bitter winter weather strikes… and onto the cosy bed that awaits him in the bedroom of his future caregivers. With your help we will be able to buy the building materials, muster a working bee, secure the gates & fencing and GET VERNIE HOME!
Vernie’s future family has set up a payment plan to reimburse Animal Re-homing month by month, so your kind donations will help other animals in need in the future.
To help GET VERNIE HOME, please click on the image below. Many thanks.
Animals identify with their names… just as we do.
Sunday, 14 May 2017 00:00
This is one of the reasons we ask people to keep a rescue dog's name when they adopt one.
Life has been tough enough for them already without losing the only thing that still belongs to them - their name.
Lovely Jaz needs a retirement home with plenty of company
Thursday, 11 May 2017 00:00
Jaz is a beautiful Border Collie x Staffy who came into our care when her family left the country. She is 8.5 years old and badly needs a loving retirement home.
After always being confined to her former property, Jaz lights up when we take her for walks, is very affectionate and will be happiest in a home where she has human company for most of the day. This sweet girl is used to having free access in and out of a family home and clearly misses the attention, interaction and activity.
It’s heart-breaking to see Jaz sadden and to hear her whimpering when we return her to the boarding kennels. She is grieving for her family and her familiar lifestyle. Please think about adopting Jaz after we have given her a comprehensive vet check. Thank you.
All inquiries to